This little guy (or girl?) was following my wife and me as we walked home from downtown earlier this week. We could tell it was a Karner Blue butterfly (the official state butterfly of New Hampshire, which is actually a thing) by its color and minuscule size…and it seemed to have an affinity for my wife’s sneakers!
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12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Karner Blue””
Beautiful, Matt, that ‘periwinkle petal’. I’ve seen a few painted ladies (finally), but have been unable to catch a picture. This special one would ‘flutter’ for your poem just for her!
We have tons of yellow swallowtails here, so I’m quite surprised it was this little beauty that showed up! Thanks, Linda.
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I love the photo and poem! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Thank you, Ruth!
That’s a precious image, lovely and sensitive poem Matt. It sure looks like a Karner Blue to me. I’ve painted them many times, and unfortunately they are endangered–mostly due to habitat loss. Your state along with a few others is working to change this–I hope we don’t loose them. Thanks for shedding some light on them!
Thank you, Michelle, and yes, they are a protected species here because they are endangered. I’m thinking this little guy was a male because of the coloration of his wings – females upper wings tend to be darker – but I’m not an expert.
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Gorgeous! Lucky you to have one that traveled alongside you!!
He definitely seemed happy to see us! Thanks, Mary Lee.
Beautiful! I love that periwinkle petal.
Thank you, Kay!
I am just finishing up a quilt of a flower garden. I contemplated putting butterflied in it, but in the end felt that I couldn’t do justice to it. Your gorgeous poem and gorgeous butterfly remind me of that, as well as confirming that I made the right choice.
Oh, thanks so much, Cheriee – I hope the quilt comes out as beautiful as you hoped!